Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today.

Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today. The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1991…

  • They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up..
  • The CD was introduced two years before they were born.
  • They have always had an answering machine.
  • They have always had cable..
  • Popcorn has always been microwaved.
  • They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
  • They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.
  • McDonald’s never came in Styrofoam containers.

Frozen chicken brings cafe thief undone

A thief who used a frozen chicken as a tool to break into a cafe was caught after he cut his wrist and was forced to phone an ambulance, Australian police said Wednesday.

The man stole the chicken during an earlier break-in at a butcher’s shop in Macksville, north of Sydney, but came off second best when he tried to use the frozen bird and some rocks to break into a cafe, slashing open his wrist.

The 20-year-old man dialed an emergency 000 number to call an ambulance and was arrested shortly after being treated by paramedics, he said.

Read more here: Frozen chicken brings cafe thief undone

Man melting snow with blowtorch ignites home

A man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch has ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to $30,000 in damage.The man was using a torch hooked up to a 20-pound propane cylinder. He got too close to the building’s wood frame and ignited the vinyl siding. The fire quickly spread into the building’s second- and third-floor apartments.
It took 25 firefighters to subdue the blaze that damaged bedrooms in the upstairs units, and caused damage to the structure and wiring.

Read more here: Mass. man melting snow with blowtorch ignites home

Man tries to go home for holidays – by fire truck

Police in South Salt Lake, Utah, have arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home — to Washington — for Christmas.
Detective Gary Keller says firefighters on a medical call heard the $500,000 truck’s air horn blaring Monday and ran outside. They found a man in the driver’s seat trying to drive away. After a lengthy struggle, firefighters were finally able to subdue the man until police arrived.
Police say the 25-year-old man told them he wanted to go to Washington to see his mother for Christmas.

Read more here: Man tries to go home for holidays — by fire truck – Yahoo! News

Teacher confiscates Linux CDs.

A teacher from Austin, Texas confiscated a bunch of CDs containing free Linux distributions from a student who was demonstarting GNU/Linux on his laptop and handing out the CDs. After this, the teacher sent an angry email to Ken Starks of the HeliOS Project, where the student got his Linux CDs from.

“This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older version of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…”

Read more here: Enemies of GNU/Linux?

GPS guides Norwegian tourists into trouble in Rio

Three Norwegian tourists came under fire and one was shot after the satellite navigation system in their car guided them straight into one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous slums.

The three men cut short their vacation in Brazil and headed home Monday after Trygve Killingtveit, 24, was shot in the shoulder by suspected drug traffickers from one of the gangs that control hundreds of shantytowns in Rio.

Read more here: GPS guides Norwegian tourists into trouble in Rio | Oddly Enough | Reuters

Money as Debt

A friend of mine (Waldemar for those of you who know him) just sent me
this link to a video about the REAL nature of money and debt and it
goes a long way to explain the current economical crisis we are in but
the video was made in 2006.

The blurb says this: “Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated presentation
of “Money as Debt” tells in very simple and effective graphic terms
what money is and how it is being created. It is an entertaining way
to get the message out. It as a painless but hard-hitting educational
tool and encourage the widest distribution and use by all groups
concerned with the present unsustainable monetary system in Canada and
the United States”

I have watched it and if it is only half true it is a real eye opener!

Top anti-drink cop caught drunk driving

A senior Tokyo police official tasked with keeping the city’s roads clear of drunk drivers has been arrested for driving under the influence, police said on Tuesday.

The deputy inspector, on his way home from a camping site, was caught late on Monday after bumping into another car and veering off the road, said a police official in Ibaraki.

“He smelled of alcohol and he couldn’t walk straight,” the official said.

Read more here: Top anti-drink cop caught drunk driving

Only in America: Man hit by truck, then ticketed for jaywalking

A man who was hit by a truck near the city’s downtown was also slapped with a citation. Boise police ticketed Ebrahim Balah, 62, for jaywalking shortly after the accident Wednesday.

Police said Balah suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Police said he was hit by a passenger truck while trying to cross a busy one-way street. Officials said the section Balah tried crossing is not a designated walkway and pedestrians are not permitted to cross.

Read more here: Man hit by truck, then ticketed for jaywalking

Unknown score written by Mozart found in France

A French municipal library has discovered a musical score handwritten by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in its archives, the Nantes town hall said on Thursday.

The one-page work, donated to the town by a private collector at the end of the 19th century, was until recently thought to be a copy rather than an original.

The unpublished score, measuring 16 cm by 29 cm (6.5 by 11.5 inches), is thought to have been written around 1787, according to an expert musicologist from the Mozarteum university in the composer’s native city of Salzburg in Austria.

Read more here: Unknown score written by Mozart found in France